About the Degu
Degus are small, active rodents that resemble gerbils. They can grow up to 1.5 feet long, including their tails, and weigh between .3 and .65 pounds. Degus are social animals and dig communal burrow systems. They have a tolerance for low oxygen content, so they’re able to live in mountainous regions (western slopes of the Andes Mountains, in particular). Degus are creatures of many names: they’re known as brush-tailed rats, Chilean squirrels, and trumpet-tailed rats.
You Can Find This Animal in the Little Critters Exhibit
Degus sit up high where they can get a good look at visitors, but they sometimes hang out under their rocks and shelves. If you don’t see them right away, be sure to peek in there!
From the Keeper
We offer degus enrichment to help encourage natural behaviors and give them outlets for their energy. We give them exercise wheels (their favorite), boxes, tubes and paper to shred and make nests out of. We often hide food around their exhibit so they have to search for their meal, as they would in the wild.